Year of No Light
Nord


4.0
excellent

Review

by East Hastings USER (9 Reviews)
November 13th, 2010 | 28 replies | 10,725 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Year of No Light are a post-metal band from Bordeaux, France. Their first album, Nord, is standard post-metal done extremely well, for lack of a better description. The album twists and turns through melodic chords, aggressive harsh vocals, intricate leads, a solid rhythm section, and superb songwriting, and is a release to interest fans of Isis, Russian Circles, and Rosetta.

First track "Sélénite" is a calm introduction to the band's sound, with distorted chords being played for the duration of the song while some guitar leads in the background provide some texture. However, be warned, as second track "L'Angoisse Du Veilleur De Nuit D'Autoroute Les Soirs D'Alarme * Accident" launches straight into a fury of dissonant, angry riffing and screaming after a drum intro reminiscent of Isis's Aaron Harris. Things slow down a bit after this with 9-minute track "Traversée", one of four 7-minute-plus epics on the record. "Traversée" follows in the same steps as opener "Sélénite" with more melodic chords and beautiful lead sections. The song features tortured vocals that provide a harsh atmosphere to clash with the calm textures given by the guitars.

The rest of the songs on the album follow suit, working well with their similarities as well as their differences. Of the two shortest songs, "Librium" is a completely ambient piece, and "Prosodia" is simply a clean guitar playing chords. Album highlight "Tu As Fait De Moi Un Homme Meilleur" features some fantastic drumming to back up beautifully dissonant riffs, and a build-up/climax that could bring tears to one's eyes.

The flaws with this record are few and far between; however the one that cannot be ignored is the vocals. They're completely one dimensional, with no variety, and could have used improvement (the vocalist has since passed on). However, as stated earlier, they provide a harsh atmosphere juxtaposed with the melodic sounds of the album, so the feeling is subjective. Another small flaw is the production drowns out the bass (usual in much of modern metal, however somewhat uncommon in post-metal) and the guitars often buzz too much to tell what exactly is being played. Despite these flaws, Nord is still a fantastic post-metal album, and a great metal album in general.



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East Hastings
November 14th 2010



4391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There we go.

Ire
November 14th 2010



41746 Comments


this should be under tusk

Nervous Sad Poor
November 14th 2010



73 Comments


gay username

East Hastings
November 14th 2010



4391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Both of you, shush

Ire
November 14th 2010



41746 Comments


Asobi Seksu - Shush

East Hastings
November 14th 2010



4391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Which one of y'all, goin' home with trigga

iamnotchan
November 14th 2010



669 Comments


one review per day dammit!

East Hastings
November 14th 2010



4391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These are reposts. Sorry.

iamnotchan
November 14th 2010



669 Comments


one repost per day dammit!

East Hastings
November 14th 2010



4391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Got it.

iamnotchan
November 14th 2010



669 Comments


k
have a pos buddy

East Hastings
November 14th 2010



4391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Aw, thanks.

Obfuscation24
November 14th 2010



3939 Comments


posd, sounds interesting

East Hastings
November 14th 2010



4391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's good, check it out. Thanks

Relinquished
November 14th 2010



24375 Comments


review could be better

ffs
November 14th 2010



4806 Comments


good albumm

Terrifyer
November 14th 2010



3403 Comments


goodd album

Maniac!
November 14th 2010



26246 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good album

good review



neg

Photon
November 14th 2010



1292 Comments


YONL is cool

North0House
November 14th 2010



1764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review.
I love this album.



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